Panel of Experts
Engage with renowned experts in clinical nutrition
Stanislaw Klek, Prof., MD, PhD
Head of General and Oncology Surgery Unit, Stanley Dudrick’s Memorial Hospital, Skawina, Poland
Stanislaw Klek is a specialist in general and cancer surgery. He graduated from the Jagiellonian University Medical College in Krakow in 1997. He obtained a PhD degree in 2003. He was an Associate Professor in 2012 and nominated full Professor in 2017 by the President of the State. He has been in charge of the Intestinal Failure and Home Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition Unit since 1999 and Head of the General and Oncology Surgery at the Stanley Dudrick’s Memorial Hospital in Skawina, Poland, since 2010.
He is the author of more than 190 original articles, 40 case reports, 26 book chapters, and over 160 congress abstracts. He was one of the first recipients of the European ESPEN Diploma (2010) and one of the first ESPEN LLL Teachers (2008). He has been Head of the Postgraduate Training for Clinical Nutrition since 2013, an associate editor for ESPEN Clinical Nutrition and other ESPEN journals from 2012 to 2019, member of ESPEN Special Interest Group on Acute Intestinal Failure, Working Group on the definition of malnutrition, Polish Council representative to ESPEN between 2010 and 2018, Chairman of the International Section of American Society for Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition (ASPEN) between 2018 and 2020, and Chairman of the Polish Society for Parenteral, Enteral Nutrition and Metabolism (POLSPEN) since 2010.
Dr. Klek has an interest in film, music and sports. In fact, he completed 5 Ironman 140.6 races, 6 Ironman 70.3 races, 5 olympic triathlons, and 13 marathons!
Professor Mette M. Berger
Prof. Hon. Mette M. Berger is an intensive care physician from the Lausanne University Hospital, specialized in burn care and nutrition.
She received her MD degree from Lausanne School of Medicine (Switzerland) in 1989 and her medical PhD from the University of Umeå (Sweden) in 1996. After a first specialty in Anesthesiology (Lausanne University and Karolinska Stockholm), she became an intensive care specialist with a short fellowship in Sydney, Australia. She also trained as a nutritionist in Nancy, France, and acquired an MBA in health economics.
Prof. Berger has held positions as president and treasurer of the Swiss Society of Clinical Nutrition (SSNC), is a member of the ESPEN-ICU guidelines group, honorary member of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM), and chair of the ESICM-Metabolism-Endocrine-Nutrition (MEN) section.
Prof. Berger has authored over 250 publications on micronutrients, nutritional therapy of the critically ill, burn and trauma care. She is also a teacher for the LLL-ESPEN training program and lectures worldwide in 5 languages about individualized nutrition therapy, metabolism and micronutrition. She now chairs the upcoming ESPEN guidelines on micronutrients. Committed to education, she has published multiple training documents.
She has contributed to develop the concept of maximal tolerable energy deficit in acute conditions, promoting the use of indirect calorimetry and of computerized information systems to monitor nutritional therapy and combined enteral and parenteral feeding.
Chelsia Gillis, MSc. PhD, RD, CNSC
Dr. Chelsia Gillis is a Registered Dietitian and Canadian Vanier Scholar with an expertise in surgical metabolism, epidemiology, patient engagement and clinical nutrition. She is currently completing her postdoctoral work on surgical prehabilitation with Dr. Franco Carl.
Daniel Santa Mina, PhD
Dr. Daniel Santa Mina is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education and cross-appointed to the Faculty of Medicine in the Department of Surgery. He is also a Clinician Investigator at the Toronto General Hospital Research Institute within the Department of Anesthesia and Pain Management. Dr. Santa Mina completed his PhD in Kinesiology and Health Sciences at York University and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Surgical Oncology, Division of Urology, at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. He is a Registered Kinesiologist and Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CSEP) with advanced training in exercise oncology. His research focus includes the effects of pre-operative conditioning, known as prehabilitation, on physiological, functional and psychosocial outcomes for surgical patients. Dr. Santa Mina is also actively involved in implementation research related to surgical prehabilitation and exercise oncology. Daniel is the Director of the Applied Clinical Exercise (ACE) laboratory at the University of Toronto and Co-Director of the University Health Network Prehabilitation Program.
Dr. Jennifer Jin
Jennifer Jin completed her medical school and internal medicine residency training at the University of Saskatchewan. She then trained in Gastroenterology at the University of Ottawa and completed another fellowship in Clinical Nutrition at the University of Toronto. She returned to the west where she works in the Division of Gastroenterology at the Royal Alexandra Hospital. She is one the physicians in the Home Nutrition Support Program and Home Parenteral Nutrition Program and is the medical lead for Nutrition Services for the northern zone of Alberta.
Dr. Leah Gramlich
Leah Gramlich is a Gastroenterologist and Physician Nutrition Specialist. She graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Alberta in 1987 and currently holds a position as Professor of Medicine at the University of Alberta. She completed her Internal Medicine training in Akron, Ohio, and completed a Gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Alberta and subsequently completed a fellowship in nutrition and metabolism at the Deaconess Hospital, Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts.
In addition to her clinical roles in Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Dr. Gramlich is the provincial medical advisor for Nutrition Services in Alberta Health Services. Her key research areas include nutrition support including enteral and parenteral nutrition, home nutrition support, malnutrition and enhanced recovery. She has an interest in implementation science and uses this approach to advance nutrition care locally, nationally and internationally.
Dr. Gramlich is the founding president of the Canadian Nutrition Society and a former member of the ASPEN Board of directors. She is a founding member and current co-chair of the Canadian Malnutrition Task force. She is the Chair of the Nutrition Science Advisory Committee of Health Canada. She has published more than 125 peer reviewed articles as author or co-author and received multiple grants for her research.